Environmentally Responsible Healthcare: Chapter 03: Amalgam Preparation and Management
Chapter Abstract: This is clip 3 of 4 for this video. In dentistry, Mercury is used in the formation of amalgam fillings. Waste created from excess amalgam and removed fillings must be managed properly. The use of predosed and precapsulated amalgam has reduced spillage and waste generation. The use of this amalgam has been American Dental Association policy since 1994. Proper maintenance of chair-side suction traps will help reduce the amount of amalgam that is passed on to the environment. Captured particles should be properly stored and hauled away. New separator systems can recover most of the amalgam that passes through the trap. Some will even remove Mercury from the discharge.
Author: City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Department / LA Cityview 35
Publication Date: 2002
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|Chapter 01: Introduction|
|Chapter 02: Elimination of Equipment Containing Mercury|
|Chapter 03: Amalgam Preparation and Management|
|Chapter 04: For Additional Information / Credits|
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Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, NDEQ